By Craig Clifford, Randolph Feezell
A consultant for coaches that discusses the fundamental rules of sportsmanship and provides suggestion on find out how to increase these features of their players.
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Such praise reinforces the value of team contributions and the bonds that hold the team together and make success possible. TIME-OUT • In the team meeting after a game, do you mention the little things that were positive? • Think of the most glamorous part of your sport—scoring in basketball, throwing a touchdown pass in football, spiking the ball in volleyball. Then describe all of the little things that make it possible. Coaching and Intrasquad Competition From a coaching standpoint, respect for teammates and team means that competition among teammates—for starting roles, more playing time, top stats—must always serve the efforts of a team to be a team.
One of the consequences of understanding talent as a gift is the recognition that talent carries with it special responsibilities. In the movie Hoosiers, when the new basketball coach tells the most talented young athlete in town that he has a gift, he is at the same time exhorting him to develop it, to come to deserve it, to let it contribute. As a rule, the greater the talent, the greater the responsibility. Although sport provides one of the few arenas in which we can openly talk about natural ability, it’s worth noting here that this rule is not restricted to the playing field.
In each sport there are many well-known team rules that almost always make sense, but particular teams often call for remarkable creativity in devising team rules that will actually promote team spirit and unity. And, of course, just as important as coming up with team rules is their use. Nothing destroys team unity more than an unequal application of team rules by coaches or unequal responses to them by players. Players are quick to sense when coaches have favorites or play favorites. If you’re more strict, demanding, positive, or lenient with some players than others, the others will pick up on it—and resent it.